The Royal Ploughing Ceremony takes place annually in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, in which the royal oxen determine the fate of the forthcoming harvest.
Known as Chat Preah Nengkal in the Khmer language, it takes place in front of the National Museum in early May. Led by a member of the royal family, the ceremony sees the oxen presented with a series of bowls of crops and pulses. The crops they eat are predicted to have a bountiful harvest and those they ignore will have a low yield. Watch a video of this year’s Royal Ploughing Ceremony on Hanuman Travel TV’s Youtube channel. The event took place on Thursday 10 May 2012 and was filmed by Robin Waldman of Hanuman Films.